Mack Trucks has unveiled several driver-focused enhancements for its Pinnacle highway models.
Among other new features, Mack says there’s improved functionality for PowerLeash+ engine brake controls, standard on all models, enabling the driver to set and maintain a target downhill braking-engagement speed, in or out of cruise control. When equipped with the mDrive automated manual transmission, the new MaxBrake function on the transmission’s keypad uses mDrive’s downshift strategy to automatically keep the engine in its optimum rpm range for maximum engine-braking efficiency.
Also standard is a new dash-mounted single-DIN shifter keypad for the mDrive.
There’s now an optional center storage console, located between the seats in day cab models, with nearly one cubic foot of storage space plus interior lighting and a 12-volt power supply.
There’s also optional ambient red floor lighting, subtle or indirect, for use at night when driving or when stationary. Either the driver’s footwell area or the entire floor can be illuminated.
A ‘dead pedal’ for the driver’s left foot is now standard, to maximize comfort and to help the driver maintain an ergonomically correct seating position.
A remote in-dash auxiliary HVAC switch allows the driver to pre-warm or pre-cool the sleeper from the driver’s seat while the truck is in operation. This feature is standard for 70- and 60-in. sleepers and optional for the 56- and 48-in. models.
Self-cancelling turn signals are now standard on trucks and optional on tractors.
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